Motlanthe challenges universities

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Friday said South African universities need to become social partners with government in order to alleviate poverty.

He made the comments during a poverty and inequality conference at the University of Cape Town (UCT) earlier in the day.

The deputy president said universities should do more than just produce research papers on key social challenges.

Motlanthe also outlined high unemployment levels as one of the main stumbling blocks to overcoming poverty.

He pointed out that the past 18 years were merely the start of rectifying the injustices of apartheid.

When questioned about the impact of corruption, Motlanthe said there were sufficient agencies and laws to address the issue.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)